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review 2018-01-19 04:51
A delightful meditation on the value of reading
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

This was an absolutely delightful meditation on the value of reading. The idea of the Queen becoming a voracious reader was inspired, as was Bennett's description of how her staff responds to this dismaying development. But how he used the premise to comment on what makes reading worthwhile is the real value of the book. If anything the book has become even more relevant since it was first published, making it a real testament to Bennett's brilliance as a writer and observer of the modern world.

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text 2018-01-18 20:59
Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 120 pages.
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

     'But ma'am must have been briefed, surely?'

     'Of course,' said the Queen, 'but briefing is not reading. In face it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.'

 

Well put!

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review 2017-10-24 21:13
The uncommon reader
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

Quick read, very entertaining.

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review 2016-02-14 00:00
The Uncommon Reader
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett A travelling library makes its weekly stop at Buckingham Palace. The Queen borrows a book. Then she discovers the joy of reading. This book started off just okay and ended worse.
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review 2015-11-13 00:00
The Uncommon Reader
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett This book was a joy to read from beginning to end. As soon as the Queen's badly behaved dogs ran into the traveling library and she discovered it's existence, I was hooked. Her transformation from nonreader, to passionate reader, to writer was truly beautiful to read. One of the most delightful parts of the book was how the Queen's advisors tried to secretly sabotage her reading and her reaction to their attempts.

One of my favorite parts was when she hid her book behind the cushion in her carriage during an event. When she returned, the book was gone. When she found out that her security had thought the book might be a "device" and destroyed it (really it was just hidden from her), she simply declared that a new copy had better find its way to her desk by morning and continued her journey, leaving behind a very unhappy staff member. It was a perfect moment.

I often found myself chuckling out loud as I read some of Her Majesty's responses to her staff and their bumbling attempts to discourage her reading. I will not give away any more of the story but I highly recommend picking this book up. I may even read it a second time!
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